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KARL STIRNER: Decades in Steel
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
Coming Spring/Summer 2015

The Museum Building will host the powerful steel sculptures of Pennsylvania-based sculptor Karl Stirner and his son, Florida-based sculptor Jonas Stirner.

Karl Stirner: Decades in Steel
explores the artist’s legendary welded and manipulated industrial forms which are often inspired by the huge sections of steel Stirner reclaims from steel manufacturing yards. His sculptures have influenced generations of sculptors including his son Jonas, whose works will be on view on the Museum Mezzanine.

Begins: May 9, 2015
Location: Museum Building
Price: Free with park admission
18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619
(609) 586-0616
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Karl Stirner Arts Trail Auction


On October 5th, 2014 an auction will be held at Lafayette College to support the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton, Pennsylvania. Nineteen exceptional items representing a diverse range of artists and disciplines will be up for bid.

To find out more visit the
Karl Stirner Arts Trail Auction Website

Date: Sunday, October 5th, 2014. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the auction begins at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Lafayette College Pfenning Alumni Center, 352 Hamilton St, Easton, PA 18042. Live phone bids will be accepted during the auction but require advance registration.

Auctioneer: Lafayette Contemporary Art Historian, Bob Mattison

Tickets: $2o in advance and $25 at the door. Includes appetizers, an open bar and the opportunity to bid on exceptional art.

The Artists: David Kimball Anderson, Stephen Antonakos, Brandon Balangee, Berrisford Boothe, Nancy Cohen, Willie Cole, Vicki DaSilva, Mel Edwards, Curlee Raven Holton, William Lamson, Emil Lukas, Loren Madsen, Paul Matthews, Karl Stirner, Steve Tobin and Jim Toia

The Works: Explore our online catalog. Then view the art in person in the Williams Visual Arts Building the week of the auction.

Proceeds Recipient: The city of Easton, exclusively for the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.
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James A. Michener ART Museum
16 March – 16 June 2013

Pfundt Gallery
Exhibition Sponsors Mary Lou and Andrew Abruzzese The Pineville Tavern

Easton, Pennsylvania, artist Karl Stirner, 89, brings new life to metal that has been discarded, whether from Bethlehem Steel, shipwrecks or off the street. He fuses natural materials with manmade, juxtaposes smooth surfaces with rough and pitted ones, and plies the unbendable material to form sensual shapes.
German-born Stirner started his art career at age 23. He was an industrial designer who served in World War II. Stirner held teaching positions at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and at Moore and Swarthmore colleges, although he himself is self-taught.

Stirner's sculpture was put on hold as he raised a family and pursued other business interests, but the break fueled his drive and since 1985 more than 400 pieces have come from his studio.
A mentor to the Easton artists community, the Karl Stirner Arts Trail has been named in his honor.

"He is one of our major artists. We are lucky to have had him with us." – Poet Gerald Stern

Transformations II: Works in Steel by Karl Stirner
at the Michener is a companion to a major exhibition of Stirner's work at the Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, February 21 – April 7, 2013. It is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Donald Kuspit.

Visit the
Michener Art Museum Website for more information.
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Payne Gallery • Moravian College
21 February – 7 April 2013

Transformations - Works in Steel
A retrospective of the life work of 89-year-old sculptor Karl Stirner of Easton. Stirner's reputation in Lehigh Valley arts, especially in the city of Easton, is immense. There's even a section of the city named for him — the Karl Stirner Arts Trail. The German-born Stirner started his art career at 23 as a professional drafter and then went on to teach at Tyler School of Art and Moore and Swarthmore colleges. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to name a few. Expect to see an exhibition of large- and medium-size steel sculptures and at least a dozen drawings.

Payne Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. daily except Mondays, major holidays, and college breaks.
Payne Gallery, Hurd Campus Admission Free | Public Welcome

Visit the
Payne Gallery Website for more information.